Orkney Island Hotels Guide

recommended hotels and other accommodation in the Orkney Isles


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a renowned hotel in a small village on the island of Burray , it offers relaxing rooms and suites and serves a menu of fresh, local food

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in the heart of town, a welcoming hotel with well-furnished rooms, an informal restaurant and a cosy, sociable bar that hosts local musicians

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located less than half a mile from the island ferries, this welcoming hotel provides traditionally furnished rooms and an elegant restaurant

Merkister Hotel

Loch Harray

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nestling on the shores of the Loch of Harray, this traditionally Scottish hotel boasts an excellent restaurant, specialising in local Angus beef

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just a mile from the eponymous neolithic stones, this peaceful, well-appointed hotel affords stunning views of the Ring and Ness of Brodgar

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close to the seafront and ferryport, this friendly hotel offers traditionally furnished rooms and the restaurant serves local Orcadian produce

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fine Victorian building, on the seafront, featuring plush interiors, stylish, well-equipped rooms and a restaurant serving the flavours of Orkney

The Shore

Kirkwall

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a small hotel , on Kirkwall's historic seafront, with well-equipped rooms and with access to the service and facilities of a sister hotel next door

Ayre Hotel

Kirkwall

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overlooking the harbour, this traditional hotel offers rooms decorated in a modern style and a relaxed restaurant serving locally sourced produce

Ferry Inn

Stromness

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harbourfront inn opposite the ferry terminal, the main inn hosts the bar, restaurant and some of the comfy rooms, whilst others are in an annexe

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The Ola, as it's locally known, sits of the seafront and has the whole of the town centre on the doorstep; comfy bedrooms come well equipped

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just 3 minutes walk from the island ferries, this traditional inn offers a convivial bar and restaurant where guests may enjoy local cuisine

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on the doorstep of the ferry to Hoy and Flotta, this expansive B&B offers bright, spacious rooms and has great views over historic Scapa Flow

Murray Arms Hotel

South Ronaldsay

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at the heart of a characterful, seaside village a traditional inn with well-presented rooms and a restaurant serving locally caught seafood

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at the heart of village life, a traditional inn with bright, spacious rooms and a relaxed restaurant serving a menu of locally sourced produce

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20 minutes walk from the ferries and beach, this sociable hostel offers simple rooms and dormitories together with a large, shared kitchen

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totally renovated in 2013, this cosy B&B features a shared kitchen and sits in a quiet spot with uninterrupted views over this bucolic island

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friendly, family-run guest house on Kirkwall's outskirts offering well-presented bedrooms and a hearty breakfast served in the conservatory

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surrounded by open fields and boasting stunning views across the bay and islands, this cosy B&B serves a generous, cooked Orkney breakfast

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light and airy, good-sized rooms feature at this homely B&B, a former blacksmiths, conveniently placed in the heart of mainland Orkney

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